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Fake Matrimonial Newspaper Clipping Shared Online Created To Encourage COVID-19 Vaccination

Former Union Minister and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor shared an image of a matrimonial newspaper clipping which claims that a Roman Catholic woman who has been vaccinated with both doses of Covishield seeks a groom who is also fully vaccinated with Covishield. 

Tharoor tweeted the matrimonial newspaper clipping’s image with the caption, “Vaccinated bride seeks vaccinated groom! No doubt the preferred marriage gift will be a booster shot!? Is this going to be our New Normal?”

Screenshot of Shashi Tharoor's tweet on the matrimonial clipping which claims vaccinated bride seeks vaccinated groom
Screenshot of Shashi Tharoor’s tweet on the matrimonial clipping which claims vaccinated bride seeks vaccinated groom

Media organisations including NDTV, Deccan Herald, DNA, and Scoopwhoop published Tharoor’s tweet. NDTV later updated it’s article to include a fact check on the claim.

This claim is shared after the second COVID-19 wave wreaked havoc in India. The country has lost more than 3.5 lakh individuals to the virus and the number of active cases stands at 11.6 lakh, as per data on the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on 10 June 2021. 

As of 8 June 2021, 13.8% of the Indian population received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to Our World In Data. 

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Fact Check / Verification

In order to verify the claim in the matrimonial newspaper clipping’s image, we looked up the phone number mentioned in the advertisement. 

Image of fake matrimonial newspaper clipping which claims a Covishield vaccinated bride seeks a vaccinated groom
Image of fake matrimonial newspaper clipping which claims a Covishield vaccinated bride seeks a vaccinated groom

With the help of Truecaller, we found that this number belongs to a person named Savio Figueiredo. Searching this name on Google, we found Figueiredo’s Facebook profile. 

Screenshot of Savio Figueiredo's Google search
Screenshot of Savio Figueiredo’s Google search

On 8 June, he shared a post saying he created the fake matrimonial advertisement as a way to encourage people to take the COVID-19 vaccination.

“So I tried a humourous  way  and created a fake newspaper advert which I posted  in FB & Whatsapp , the key being the applicant has to receive both doses of Covishield vaccine,” reads his post in part. 

“The side effect of the my attempt at humour is that I am inundated with  phone calls & Whatsapp messages . To make matters more interesting a “Believer” forwarded this to his group and I am getting calls from as far as Calcutta, Orissa & Mangalore . Whoa!” he added. 

Screenshot of Facebook post claiming responsibility for the fake matrimonial newspaper clipping
Screenshot of Facebook post claiming responsibility for the fake matrimonial newspaper clipping

Figueiredo created this fake matrimonial advertisement using an online software. We’ve previously debunked claims that were created using online softwares. You can read them here and here

This claim has been debunked in our Hindi fact-check as well. 

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Conclusion

Our research makes it clear that the image of a matrimonial newspaper clipping shared by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and a few media organisations is fake. A citizen created this ad to encourage people to get themselves vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Result: Manipulated Media

Our Sources

Facebook user, Savio Figueiredo: https://www.facebook.com/saviofig/posts/10159269829837954


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Nikita Vashisth
Nikita is a writer and editor for English fact-checking. She also leads projects to understand the misinformation and fake-news ecosystem—with an emphasis on data and psychology. Previously, she has worked with IndiaSpend, CNN-News18 and written for Citizen Matters and Mongabay-India on the environment, health, and politics. She’s a postgraduate of the Computational Journalism program at Cardiff University, Wales.

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